Vale club to launch female classes

Oakham's Holly Newton won gold
Oakham's Holly Newton won gold
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VALE Judo Club in Oakham is holding a women and teenage girls introductory judo course on Saturday mornings.

The eight week course begins this Saturday with the sessions running from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

The course will cost £50 and includes an introduction to basic judo techniques, throws, hold downs and break falls plus some safety awareness.

Instructor Louise Newton said: “We decided to hold a women and girls course as we know that some ladies are put off by the idea that they might be grappling with an 18 stone man.

“The class will be a good introduction to the sport as well as improving basic fitness and having some fun.”

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l FIGHTERS from Rutland were among 450 competitors at the British Schools Judo Championships 2011.

Many have been training with the Rutland Schools Judo Academy since January and the extra practice showed in the confident and competent performances at the tournament.

Representing Oakham’s Catmose College, Holly Newton won all her contests by full a score to become Year 8/9 U52kg British Schools Champion.

Fern Spencer took a bronze medal at Year 6/7 U44kg, Lydie Halliday finished 5th in the Year 6/7 U40kg category and Charlie Watt competed at Yr 8/9 U66kg.

Representing Casterton Business and Enterprise College, Alex Cutforth won a bronze medal at Year 6/7 U48kg, Emma Philip finished 7th in the Year 6/7 U32kg category and Callum Rowley and Joe Potter competed at Year 8/9 U38kg and U50kg respectively.

Representing Uppingham Community College, were Daniel Bennett, who took silver at Year 6/7 U55kg, and Brad Mowat who finished 7th in the Year 10/11 U55kg category.

Megan Rowley from Cottesmore Primary School finished 7th at Year 6/7 U36kg and Gabriel Francis-Dehqani, from Oakham CE Primary School, competed at Year 6/7 U34kg.

Coaches thanked headteachers at all the schools involved for their help and the support shown by parents and younger squad members who attended the event.